ruahine tops longview-howletts tramp part 3

(Link here for Part 1) (Link here for part 2) Next morning the goal was to get an early start leaving Howletts Hut – early enough to see a promisingly warm sunrise.

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This was the weather we’d been waiting for. As the day progressed it became quite warm and still. Warm enough to work up a sweat jolting down the knee-jarringly steep spur from Howletts Hut to the riverbed and Daphne Hut.

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Past Daphne Hut you have to walk along the riverbed, crossing several times. Great to take off the shoes and feel those rocks with your bare feet.

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Then bask in the sun on the other end – at a bend in the river that looks like a nice camping spot (for future reference).

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Hey why not just leave those feet au natural for the rest of the tramp. It’s warm enough.

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Now more ridge walking – good views, in exchange for steep ups and downs. The track was well-formed and well-travelled. This time in beech forest – providing welcome shelter from the sun. Here are some things that caught my eye.

Moss.

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A possum skull.

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A wacky fungus growing on the side of a tree.

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And a tree that thoughtfully moved out of the way of the path.

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At the high point of the ridge, we stopped for lunch in a spot of sun. Shortly along trundled some folks from the tramping club coming to check in their hut. We gave them a positive report on Howletts!

Back to the car, where the customary “after” photo was taken – then on to the village of Ongaonga where we celebrated with a ginger beer and an ice cream from the general store, then parted ways.

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3 thoughts on “ruahine tops longview-howletts tramp part 3

  1. Great story! Great photos! What an exhilarating experience for you. Thanks for sharing it with me.

  2. Hi David and Eilidh,
    I would love to subscribe to your blog. I just received a Christmas letter from your parents which made me think of you. I remember you both so fondly! I and my husband and three children are all doing well here in Washington state.

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